April 4th, 2006


Counting is hard!

From an article in today's Ottawa Sun, about the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons (the Liberals are the opposition party; the Conservatives have a minority government):
The fact that the Speaker is a Liberal is significant because it could tip the balance of power in the minority Parliament. Since the Speaker only votes in a tie, the Liberals now have one less vote.
Someone want to wake up the copy desk? Thanks. (And of course everyone will be reporting it the same way, even though it can't produce any change in the outcome of a vote. Grr.)
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New laptop bag (and cheap!)

I have a small confession to make: even though I go on about fashion at times, I've been carrying around my laptop in a default laptop case for the last little while. That just wouldn't do, so I started shopping around for another. I needed something that had a handle on top, and I didn't want messenger-style, and I needed to carry a 15" laptop plus a bunch of other stuff (but not quite as much as back then), and I narrowed it down to the RoadWired Skooba Satchel and the Timbuk2 Zip Briefcase. I eventually decided on the Timbuk2 because I've seen Timbuk2 bags before and know they're great, and because there's at Timbuk2 dealer in my neighbourhood that I could order it from.

Or that was the plan, at least. I checked Timbuk2's site the day I was going to order it and it was on sale for $60 US instead of $100. Yay, cheap bag! Except shipping was $30. On a lark I searched Froogle to see if I could find it just as cheap elsewhere, and found it at Sierra Trading Post for $40 (plus $20 shipping), and in the color I wanted. I figured I wasn't going to beat that, so I ordered it, and it arrived today. It looks like so:

Lots of zippered pockets inside, and lots of empty space between the pockets and the padded laptop part in the middle, heavy cordura all around, rubber bottom and just generally solidly put together. Putting the laptop in the middle means that it stands up on its own when you set it down. If you're looking for a decent laptop bag, I don't think you'll find a better deal than that one. (It's a closeout, so I'm not sure how long they'll have them available.)
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